Fermanagh hurling manager Joe Baldwin has asked his players to ‘stand up and fight’ this Saturday against Armagh at Brewster Park (3pm) as they look to secure their Nickey Rackard Cup status.

Fermanagh currently sit second from bottom of the table on score difference from Louth but a win over the Orchard County would lift Baldwin’s men above Armagh with a game to go.

‘Biggest game’

“It is the biggest game that we are going to face this year,” said Baldwin.

“We can’t make Croke Park now and we are very much in a dog fight and what we have asked the players to do is to is stand up and fight this weekend. It is a local derby and Armagh need the points as well. It is a scenario where there will be no quarter asked or given and one that as a group we are really relishing.”

Injuries have been cruel to the Ernemen throughout the season but Baldwin believes they have enough quality still to go out and get a result.

“It is just the way we are. We had Jimmy Tormey back last week and he gives us something a wee bit different, he has that bit of speed.

“We have though lost Thomas Cleary to a broken bone in his foot so we seem to be getting one player back on one hand and then losing it on the next. But we had a decent session tonight (Tuesday) and what the panel is, is definitely good enough. I think there is a massive performance inside us, I honestly believe we have a 5-22 or 5-23 inside us and we just need the boys to get it out now,” he added.

And Baldwin has urged Fermanagh supporters tom come out and get behind the team on Saturday.

“We haven’t been in Brewster Park all year and it is the penultimate game of the year.

“We would appeal to the GAA public in Fermanagh to come in and support this team. It is their county team and there is a lot of work going on in the clubs and behind the scenes and it is a great opportunity to get all these youngsters into Brewster Park and come in and see these boys give it their all for the green and white,” he said.